Thursday, 1 April 2010

Function for splitting text data

Try using the following function:

USE [DatabaseNameHere]
GO

CREATE FUNCTION dbo.Split
    (
      @String VARCHAR(8000),
      @Delimiter CHAR(1)
    )
RETURNS @temptable TABLE ( items VARCHAR(8000) )
AS BEGIN     
    DECLARE @idx INT     
    DECLARE @slice VARCHAR(8000)     
    
    SELECT  @idx = 1     
    IF LEN(@String) < 1
        OR @String IS NULL 
        RETURN     
    
    WHILE @idx != 0     
        BEGIN     
            SET @idx = CHARINDEX(@Delimiter, @String)     
            IF @idx != 0 
                SET @slice = LEFT(@String, @idx - 1)     
            ELSE 
                SET @slice = @String     
  
            IF ( LEN(@slice) > 0 ) 
                INSERT  INTO @temptable ( Items )
                VALUES  ( @slice )     

            SET @String = RIGHT(@String, LEN(@String) - @idx)     
            IF LEN(@String) = 0 
                BREAK     
        END 
    RETURN     
   END

Then execure a query like the following:

SELECT TOP 10 * FROM dbo.Split('Item1,Item2,Item3',',')

The code was taken from here: http://www.logiclabz.com/sql-server/split-function-in-sql-server-to-break-comma-separated-strings-into-table.aspx

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